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A total of 16 French films obtain more than one million admissions in 2017

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- With three titles in the annual top 10, French productions have pulled in the viewers in comparison with US blockbusters

A total of 16 French films obtain more than one million admissions in 2017
RAID Dingue by Dany Boon

With 2017 drawing to a close, a year in which French cinemas were very well attended, there was a demonstrable appetite on the behalf of viewers for theatrical releases, far from satiated, despite the prophecies abandoning them to consumerism on digital platforms and the current popularity of TV series. 16 French films recorded more than one million admissions for the year, a solid performance all round. It must also be noted that the large number of films being screened each week at cinemas has led to an accelerated rotation, which has ultimately negatively affected films that tend to get off to a slow start. The gap between success and failure is now extremely evident, and figures that were once considered to be average are now considered a success given the brutality of the market. Some good quality films have also struggled to find the right combination of outputs to live up to their potential, as both distributors and operators are seeking to minimise the elevated risks of underperformance. Nevertheless, despite the harsh climate, French cinemas remain a unique home for films from around the world, and national productions can count on a faithful audience that is still receptive to the collective magic of the cinema screen.

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In first and second place on the podium at the box office for 2017 are two American blockbusters: the animated title Despicable Me 3 (5.63 million admissions - distribution: Universal Pictures International France) and Star Wars - The Last Jedi (5.34 million admissions - The Walt Disney Company France). Followed by two French films: RAID Dingue [+see also:
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by Dany Boon (4.57 million viewers - Pathé Distribution) and Valerian [+see also:
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by Luc Besson (4.04 - EuropaCorp Distribution).

In eight place for 2017 is the French comedy Alibi.com [+see also:
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 by Philippe Lacheau (3.58 million admissions - StudioCanal), however the rest of the Top 10 is exclusively composed of American feature films.

Two others French comedies in the top 20 are C'est La Vie! [+see also:
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by the duo Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano (2.98 million admissions - Gaumont) and Épouse-moi mon pote [+see also:
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by Tarek Boudali (2,46 - StudioCanal).

A further eleven French films exceeded one million admissions this year, including See You Up There [+see also:
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by Albert Dupontel (1.94 - Gaumont), L'école buissonnière [+see also:
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by Nicolas Vanier (1.86 - StudioCanal), the French co-production Seven Sisters [+see also:
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by the Finnish director Tommy Wirkola (1.86 million admissions - SND),  Il a déjà tes yeux [+see also:
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by Lucien Jean-Baptiste (1.39 - UGC Distribution), A Bag of Marbles [+see also:
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by Christian Duguay (1.31 - Gaumont), Rock'n Roll [+see also:
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by Guillaume Canet (1.29 - Pathé), Christmas & Co [+see also:
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by Alain Chabat (1.28 - Gaumont), Patients [+see also:
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by Grand Corps Malade and Mehdi Idir (1.22 - Gaumont), L'Ascension [+see also:
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by Ludovic Bernard (1.13 -Mars Films), the animated film Sahara by Pierre Coré (1.11 - StudioCanal), A bras ouverts [+see also:
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by Philippe de Chauveron (1.02 - SND) and Le Brio [+see also:
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by Yvan Attal (1.00 - Pathé).

Note the theatrical impact of French films launched at Cannes, such as the Grand Prix winner BPM (Beats Per Minute) [+see also:
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by Robin Campillo (811,000 admissions - Memento Films Distribution), Just To Be Sure [+see also:
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by Carine Tardieu (670,000 - SND), Bloody Milk [+see also:
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by Hubert Charuel (510,000 - Pyramide), The Double Lover [+see also:
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by François Ozon (387,000 - Mars Films), Ismael's Ghosts [+see also:
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by Arnaud Desplechin (385,000 - Le Pacte), Barbara [+see also:
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by Mathieu Amalric (362,000 - Gaumont) as well as the documentary Visages Villages [+see also:
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by Agnès Varda and JR (233,000 - Le Pacte).

Among the French films that exceeded half a million viewers are Marie-Francine [+see also:
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by Valérie Lemercier (889,000 admissions - Gaumont), Les nouvelles aventures de Cendrillon [+see also:
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by Lionel Steketee (810,000 - Pathé), Dalida [+see also:
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by Liza Azuelos(770,000 admissions - Pathé), Jalouse [+see also:
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by David and Stéphane Foenkinos (745,000 - StudioCanal), Back to Burgundy [+see also:
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by Cédric Klapisch (730,000 - StudioCanal), The Midwife [+see also:
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by Martin Provost (700,000 - Memento Films), Knock [+see also:
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by Lorraine Levy (543,000 - Mars Films) and two animated films: The Jungle Bunch 3D [+see also:
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by David Alaux (693,000 - SND) and Big Bad Fox [+see also:
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by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert (663,000 admissions - StudioCanal). All without forgetting the four feature films distributed by EuropaCorp: Carbon by Olivier Marchal (711,000 viewers), Room(H)ates [+see also:
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by Dominique Farrugia (652,000), Sales gosses [+see also:
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by Frédéric Quiring (650,000) and CoeXister [+see also:
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by Fabrice Eboué (648,000).

Finally, in terms of non-national European works, of note are the British productions Paddington 2 [+see also:
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by Paul King (961,000 - StudioCanal) and Baby Driver [+see also:
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by Edgar Wright (837,000 admissions - Sony Pictures Releasing), the animated Belgian film The Son of Bigfoot [+see also:
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by Ben Stassen and Jérémie Degruson (642,000 - StudioCanal), The Nile Hilton Incident [+see also:
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by Swedish director Tarik Saleh (380,000 - Memento Films Distribution), the Palme d'Or winner The Square [+see also:
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by Ruben Ostlund (339,000 - Bac Films Distribution), The Other Side of Hope [+see also:
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by the Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki (223,000 - Diaphana Distribution) and two Spanish films: the animated film Ozzy [+see also:
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by Alberto Rodriguez (246,000 - ARP Sélection) and thriller May God Save Us [+see also:
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by Rodrigo Sorogoyen (200,000 - Le Pacte).

(Translated from French)

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